Jiu Jitsu is a martial art which developed in Feudal Japan during the 15th Century AD. Translating roughly as “the gentle art” the core of Jiu Jitsu is the principle of using an attacker’s force against them rather than confronting it directly. Jiu Jitsu originally developed as a method of unarmed combat against armed and armoured samurai. Strikes were ineffective against their armour so Jiu Jitsu utilises a system of throws, joint locks and pins. Today there are hundreds of different styles of Jiu Jitsu practised in schools around the world and it has also developed into the Olympic sport of Judo and into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is the largest style of Jiu Jitsu in the UK with over 100 clubs across the country and affiliated organisations in the USA, Cyprus, Canada, Holland, Australia and New Zealand. We teach a modern form of Japanese Jiu Jitsu (less armour, fewer horses and more punches) which includes locks, strikes, throws and pins, adapted for the kind of self defence applications you might find yourself in today. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, get fit and improve your coordination, confidence, self-discipline and concentration. The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is a registered not-for-profit and all its instructors are volunteers.
We have a friendly club with a great social life. In addition to our regular training we have joint training sessions with the other clubs in the region every term, national competitions twice a year, we compete in the Christie Cup and have a Varsity match with our sister club at JMU. We also aim to use our club to hold charity events, this included a successful joint martial art session with karate to raise money.
The best way to find out if you enjoy Jiu Jitsu is to come along and try it. Just wear loose, comfortable clothing and come to a session. We welcome beginners all year around!